Nicaragua: Mazurka “La Independencia” by José Alejandro Ramírez

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September
2013

Manuscript detail of Mazurka "La Independencia" by José Alejandro Ramírez (photo: courtesy of IHNCA/FONMUNIC)

Manuscript detail of Mazurka “La Independencia” by José Alejandro Ramírez (photo: courtesy of IHNCA/FONMUNIC)

In September of 1970, at the age of 88 years, composer Carlos Ramírez Velásquez (1882-1976) remembered his father, José Alejandro Ramírez Flores. We do not know what prompted the memory, however, it came with a special surprise.

Don Carlos briefly tells us about his recollection in one of the manuscripts to Mazurka “La Independencia” for solo piano.

My father composed this Mazurka in 1867 in honor of our national Independence, September 15, 1821. Note: my father played this Mazurka on the violin, and because I liked it, I learned it while still a young child. I write it down today in remembrance of the man who gave me life and in honor of our national liberty. Masaya, September 1970.

Here’s a recording of Mazurka “La Independencia” by José Alejandro Ramírez (1841-1911), performed by Macedonian pianist Marina Stoyanovska (produced by Bernard Gordillo).

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